Posted 2009-03-15, evaluated by the judges panel

Ever since emerging himself with 2008's 'The Heroes Emerge,' Justin Medford, aka Nutritious, has provided some delicious tunage, in addition to facilitating numerous food-related writeup metaphors. We've already seen a couple Summoning of Spirits tracks from the early days of the project, now he and Fishy provide us with something (far) more recent:

"Being on several OCR projects that were quite a long time away from being released, I started looking around for other projects that were close to completion. I literally joined the Tales project at the last minute after convincing Kyle that I could start and finish my mix before the deadline two weeks away. I submitted a nearly finished mix a couple days before the deadline, but got some feedback that the lead synth wasn't quite strong enough to carry the melody. Fishy graciously agreed (on the day the mix was due actually) to record a couple of guitar leads to double up with the synth, which turned out awesome.

Anyway, about the mix. I started off remixing just 'Go A Step Further' (sounds like a fanfare song probably), but couldn't come up with enough material from that song alone. At around 1:40, the mix transitions to the second song, 'Go Over Adversity', with a modified time signature (I think the original is 5/4). I really wish I could've incorporated more of this song, because it has a very cool chorus that plays after the first melody. However, time constraints prevented me from doing this. Around 2:20 it switches back to Go A Step Further with a bit more shreddage from the Fish. Hope you guys enjoy."

The source tune titles put the rather witty mix title in perspective; good stuff. Fishy's lead *definitely* would have been difficult to match with a synth patch, as it combines his guitar technique with some really wicked, layered fx that include wah and who knows what else to create a truly massive sound. This is a hybrid piece, but it's almost more of a three-way than a two-way, as Cain's lead adds a rock vibe to the dominant orchestral and electronica elements. Things intro with ambient, breathy phased synth pads that get mixed in with sweet high strings, then brass, orchestral percussion, and lower tremolo strings, leading up to a beat drop @ 0'33". At first I was a little worried that the drums were too pedestrian, but Justin fixes that with some excellent programming & filter sweeps a bit later on. There's a sonar ping of sorts that I somehow missed completely the first time I listened that's an interesting addition, atop tempo-sync'd, sweeping synth arps. Ensemble strings and brass (a nice blend that actually reminds me of what I was shooting for with my SoM mix) cover the melodic duties up until 1'00" even, where the Fish enters with his mega-lead. Justin then starts filtering up the drums nicely, until they filter out entirely into a nice orchestral solo passage with brass stabs over a legato string progression... really solid changeup. Things actually stay drumless for awhile, then Justin brings back da synth and hats for an effective buildup back to the beats.

All in all, I can't find too much to criticize here, and I think having Fishy chip in took the mix up a notch and really created something special. I particularly dig the structural variety that Justin employed; things are always moving forward, but you get certain passages that are far more orchestral, and it's not just bookended at the beginning or end. Production, samples, and drum programming are all groovy. This did involve a resub, since the panel (rightly) criticized the original snare being used (which Justin worked fixed, much to the track's benefit); even prior to that, Vinnie was all about the arrangement, though:

"Holy hell I love this arrangement. The marriage of those strings, brass, and the stuttering, electronic trickery is perfect. I agree with Larry that there's not much of a hook here but texture, detail, and atmosphere makes this track. I love your filtered synths sweeping in and out, and Cain's guitar is just fantastic. Amazing performance, and stellar effects on it. I'm not sure there's anything that needs to change in the writing."

With the drum fix in, this one's definitely a standout track from the album - great concept + execution and wonderful blending of elements.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-02-15 19:42:38

Cool fusion sounds happening here. Definitely leaning more toward rock, but there's nothing wrong with that when it's rock done well. Orchestral accompaniment is pretty snazzy and even spread, and the little sonar beats were a small, but brilliant touch.

I like it when a blend of mixing styles is actually justified, and the bigger, brassy orchestral sounds really do compliment the more straightfoward guitar and drum rock. I don't know if I'd be too hot on each element on their own, but as a combo, I love it.

on 2009-12-14 16:35:46

Great combination of rock and orchestra. Synths used well and without detracting from the grand mood the mix has. By the time I reach the end, I'm thinking it went by so fast. It's not really short, but it feels that way. Didn't overstay its welcome, at least. :D

I keep confusing this with Go the Distance, tho. Must be the name.

on 2009-09-27 06:18:11

Love this a lot. The sounds and the guitar playing is amazing.

on 2009-04-21 12:48:53

The intro just leads you along, into your own adventure here.

Not sure about you guys, but this mix makes me want to 'Just Go', to like WaWa.

In a good way.

on 2009-04-11 17:00:54

Wow!! No not that one the interjection! Intro really grabbed me n pulled me in. Great layering of the lead. My favorite part's that build up starting at 2:26!!

on 2009-04-07 16:17:41

Fantastic job by both mixers. I definately can't see this one with just a synth lead, so Fishy really makes this stand out. Justin really knows how to get good sounds out of orchestral stuff, and it really worked quite well here. One of my favorites from the album.

on 2009-03-29 11:16:20

The section from 0:33 to where the guitar first comes in sounds awesome. Also, speaking of guitar, I think this mix has a very good balance of guitar to other instrumentation. That is, you know when the guitar comes in, but it is not so overpowering that you lose the effect of what is going on the background.

Great work!

on 2009-03-16 18:57:20

A very pleasant listen! Nice samples and production. Good job!

The guitar sound is great too. And the beat is rocking.

Keep 'em coming!

on 2009-03-16 14:43:01

I loved this mix on the album, and I'm pleased to see it make it to the site. Overall it's just a great, high-intensity mix that's perfect for drawing battle scenes and that sort of lovely thing.

on 2009-03-16 10:30:18

One of my favorites from the SoS project, I'd consider this one of Justin's transition pieces, when he first emerged from his remixing cocoon. This is probably the mix that first started him onto a really cool sound, and it works really well. Drums get a little samey after awhile, though there are some excellent sections mixed in with the standard ones.

Cain has some awesome lead tone on this and really kicks it up, but no rhythm guitar makes the lead sound a little floating. We can blame Justin for that oversight.

Overall a great collab, and one that even got Fishy out of hibernation! WIN-WIN, IMO. :-D

on 2009-03-16 07:54:16

Damn, this has 'kickass' written all over over it!

on 2009-03-15 23:18:18

Ah i've been waiting for this remix to be posted :P

One of my favs on the project, its got a bit of everything - a bit of techno, rock, orchestral... and it sounds bloody awesome :P

Fishy's guitar tone is absolutely KILLER, and nuts drums are groovy as hell.

Very nice work guys :nicework:

on 2009-03-15 23:16:28

This is one swell remix. I can dig it.

audio fidelity
on 2009-03-15 23:14:45

two of the best in their field doing what they do best :)

love the synthesis of the rock and orchestra - the vibe of the track lends well to the blending of the two

killer tone fishy ...just love it

def one of my fav tracks from the projects - great work you two

on 2009-03-15 23:03:53

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Tales of Phantasia (Namco , 1994, SNES)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba,Ryota Furuya,Shinji Tamura,Toshiyuki Sekiguchi
"Go Over Adversity"
"Go a Step Further"

Tags (4)

Brass,Electric Guitar,Orchestral
Origin > Collaboration

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